Navy Warship’s Facebook Page Hacked to Stream ‘Age of Empires’ Gaming

The destroyer-class USS Kidd streamed hours of game play in a funny incident that has serious cybersecurity ramifications.

The official Facebook page of a destroyer-class Navy warship, the USS Kidd, has gone rogue: Someone has taken over the page in order to…stream Age of Empires play.

Age of Empires is a real-time online multiplayer strategy game in which the objective is to advance one’s civilization. Players “build, settle, trade and fight” their way from the Stone Age into the future, reaching certain milestones (inventing the wheel, ending feudalism) along the way. In the USS Kidd incident, practical jokers have anthropomorphized the warship, so that it appears to be having a great time playing the addictive game:

The pranksters have also changed the page type listing in the “About” information to “Gaming Video Creator.”

The incident was first reported by military news specialist Task & Purpose, which said that the USS Kidd‘s page was officially taken over at 10:26 p.m. on Sunday. The hijacked page of the warship, which finished up its latest active deployment in late September, then posted a joyful “Hahahahaha” and commenced four hours of live Age of Empires action.

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